Name: Buffy Slammers
Team: The Dreadnought Dorothys
Position(s): Blocker, occasional Jammer
How she discovered KCRW:
My best friend came up to me one day and said we should look into playing derby. I was like, “Are you crazy? Who plays roller derby?” She begged me for years to at least look into it. Finally, I did. Been hooked ever since then.
Origin of her derby name:
My favorite show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her name in the show is Buffy Summers. I thought Buffy Slammers sounded pretty bad-ass.
Favorite derby moment:
There are too many to decide. I just love derby so much, and I love seeing the different strategies and skill levels of the teams across the country. I feel like every bout I watch is awesome.
Kelley Young. It’s kind of embarrassing, but every time I think something is too hard, I ask myself, would Kelley Young stop here?
Derby is one of the best things that has happened to me. It has made me a stronger, more determined person. I used to be the type of person who would give up as soon as things got hard. I’d tell people that I pushed my hardest, even if I didn’t. But derby has taught me to push through anything, physically or mentally. I just tell myself, just one more lap. Once I hit that lap, OK, one more! Just keep going. It’s worth the pain and sweat and I’ve never been more proud of anything I’ve accomplished in my entire life.